May was much surprised at the excessive carrying charges on the parcel Estlin failed to receive. May reports that the purchase of Frederick Douglass' freedom was very unpopular among the abolitionists. He comments on the Wilmot Proviso and quotes a speech by John C. Calhoun. May gives the Congressional representation of the slave and free states. He disapproves of the cost of the Mexican War and praises a speech by Senator Thomas Corwin of Ohio. May mentions the raising of relief funds for the Irish famine sufferers. He explains his distribution of Estlin's, "A Brief Notice of American Slavery, and the Abolition Movement" and gives the names of the recipients. May tells Estlin he will send, when possible, Parker Pillsbury's "The Church as It Is: or, the Forlorn Hope of Slavery." He distinguishes between the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society and the Liberty Party. In a postscript dated February 26th, May explains that the missing parcel was put in the mail instead of in the parcel bag. He adds that he thinks the Irish relief funds will be sent on the frigate, "Macedonian."